Mira Schendel, ‘Untitled, from the series Toquinhos (Little things)’, 1977, Bergamin & Gomide


"Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel", curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas at:

The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York (April 5, 2009 - June 15, 2009);
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (November 25, 2009 - March 1, 2010); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre (April 08 - July 11, 2010).

"Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel". New York: 2009. Published together with the exhibition “Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel” exhibited at MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art (April 5, 2009 - June 15, 2009). Curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas.

About Mira Schendel

Mira Schendel’s work is a visual manifestation of language, capturing voice, words, and gestures. Considered preeminent among late 20th-century Latin American artists, Schendel created delicate graphite drawings, monotypes, and watercolors of letters, words, and phrases that portray how we apprehend the world through sometimes obscure but often insistent language. Haiku-like and painterly with a keen attention to surface, Schendel’s work is less didactic and more visceral than work by her contemporaries, who investigated semiotics and post-structuralist theory in the 1980s.

Swiss-Brazilian, 1919-1988, Zurich, Switzerland, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Exhibition Highlights

New York,
Mira Schendel. Sarrafos and Black and White Works